Let's look at three attitudes which prevent joy:
1. Selfishness - this says, you want what you want. The reality is, every one of us is self centered. We are all naturally selfish.
"Where do all the fights and quarrels among you come from? They come from your desires...which are constantly fighting with your bodies...you strongly desire things but you cannot get them, so you quarrel and fight (James 4:1-2)."
2. Resentment - this says you won't forgive the other person. Resentment eats up your emotional energy.
"Watch out that no bitterness takes root among you, for as it springs up it causes deep trouble, hurting many in their spiritual lives (Hebrews 12:15)."
3.Fear - fear says you dont trust you. When fear builds up in your heart, joy goes out. "...fear always contains some of the torture of feeling guilty. The one who lives in fear has not yet had his love perfected (1John 4:18)."
When their is fear in a relationship, it means you can't give love and you can't receive love. Fear makes you become indecisive, distant, and demanding.
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